Tunel de Alfonso VIII

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Koukat
By Koukat
Spanish language tour ONLY - Interesting tour of the tunnel, its history & other architectural features of Cuenca
Sep 2017
Important note: these tours are run in Castellano only! There is absolutely no english spoken. My level of Spanish is intermediate B2/C1 and I could understand most of what was said. You need to buy the tickets earlier in the day (you can only purchase for the same day). They then ask you to come back around 15 minutes before the tour to check that the minimum number of tickets has been sold and that the tour will go ahead (you will get a refund if it doesn't). The tour starts at a doorway on Calle Alfonso VIII (there is no seat there, no toilets and it is hot in the sun so don't arrive too early). As the tour starts you are invited inside by a tour guide, given a hard hat and then told a bit of a history of the cave you are in and how it become a tunnel during the Civil war. As the tour progresses you stop at various points along the tunnel to get more information on how it was built and how it was used. At each of these stops there is an information board (Castellano language only). We went on the dramatised tour at 6pm last Monday which involved an actor playing a local during the civil war. He gave a good feel of what it would have been like living in Cuenca during that period. It was moving. After the actor had finished his piece we then went back to the tour guide who continued our movement along the tunnel and told us more about Cuenca's notable architectural features. You really could feel how much the guide loves Cuenca and its fascinating history. I could follow most of what was going on but the 2 others in my group (one has very basic spanish, the other an ok amount of italian) struggled and I translated for them. The total time of the tour is around 50 minutes and you are on your feet the whole time but you don't walk far. There are no real steps. Overall, it was a good experience and I am glad I went. Its a shame that the tunnel is not more freely open so that people can read the information boards on their own, rather than have to rely on attending a guided tour as it would be great if more people could experience the tour and receive the information it provides.

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Koukat
Melbourne, Australia755 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Important note: these tours are run in Castellano only! There is absolutely no english spoken. My level of Spanish is intermediate B2/C1 and I could understand most of what was said.

You need to buy the tickets earlier in the day (you can only purchase for the same day). They then ask you to come back around 15 minutes before the tour to check that the minimum number of tickets has been sold and that the tour will go ahead (you will get a refund if it doesn't).

The tour starts at a doorway on Calle Alfonso VIII (there is no seat there, no toilets and it is hot in the sun so don't arrive too early).

As the tour starts you are invited inside by a tour guide, given a hard hat and then told a bit of a history of the cave you are in and how it become a tunnel during the Civil war. As the tour progresses you stop at various points along the tunnel to get more information on how it was built and how it was used. At each of these stops there is an information board (Castellano language only).

We went on the dramatised tour at 6pm last Monday which involved an actor playing a local during the civil war. He gave a good feel of what it would have been like living in Cuenca during that period. It was moving.

After the actor had finished his piece we then went back to the tour guide who continued our movement along the tunnel and told us more about Cuenca's notable architectural features. You really could feel how much the guide loves Cuenca and its fascinating history.

I could follow most of what was going on but the 2 others in my group (one has very basic spanish, the other an ok amount of italian) struggled and I translated for them.

The total time of the tour is around 50 minutes and you are on your feet the whole time but you don't walk far. There are no real steps.

Overall, it was a good experience and I am glad I went. Its a shame that the tunnel is not more freely open so that people can read the information boards on their own, rather than have to rely on attending a guided tour as it would be great if more people could experience the tour and receive the information it provides.
Written September 15, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

twodubs
Dublin, Ireland31 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
we were in Cuenca recently, hoping to see Tunel de Alfonso VIII. The guide apologised in the tourist office that she did not have much English- but we met the group anyway.

This lady told us the history of the Tunel in perfect English and we were very impressed by knowledge she imparted. Definitely worth a visit while in the old town.

We would also like to say how good the Tourist Office lady was too. Our 'pidgen' Spanish and her fairly good English made for a very enjoyable conversation about both our country and hers
Written June 15, 2016
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WestWickie
Delgany, Ireland29 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We visited the tunnel having read other reviews on TripAdvisor. Be warned, don't waste your time unless you speak and understand fluent Spanish. Contrary to previous reviews no English translation is available whatsoever. The tourist office staff emphasised that the tour is in Spanish - believe them, it is. The tour is one long hour if you have no Spanish. The guide makes no effort whatsoever to translate etc - we had been warned in the tourist office. It was undoubtably very informative and humorous if one could have understood Spanish as her explanations and stories were as lengthy as the tunnel. It is one bare 200m tunnel with a few information panels (in Spanish).
Written June 12, 2016
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Irene W
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We spent a day in Cuenca and the person in the Tourist Kiosk recommended this activity.
When we went to the tourist office - Marisol, the informadora turistica was really helpful, our Spanish was minimum, but she communicated with us really well. The Guia tunel was beside her - Ma Angeles who explained her tour was in Spanish and she had very little English to do this tour.
We decided to go anyway and Ma Angeles was excellent- telling us the history and explaining things so well. Her English was much better than our Spanish!
We would recommend the tour- it is not dear- and helps explain some history of the people of Spain
Written June 9, 2016
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Chandler C
Shanghai, China86 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
Take the dramatized tour of these historic tunnels dating back to the time of the Spanish Civil War. You won't regret it. The wonderful staff make history truly come to life, and I could almost imagine the fear that the Spaniards faced during the many bombs that were dropped during the civil war era.
Written January 16, 2016
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Alex G
Tiana, Spain132 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We went to the visit with a bit of theatrical play, which was only 1,50 euro more than the normal visit. The guide was really friendly and explained about Cuenca in the civil war in the 1930s, and about other mediaeval tunnels in Cuenca. The theatre really makes you feel closer to the civil war times. Our tour was in Spanish, not sure if they do it in other languages too.
Written December 19, 2015
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